Press Release Festival                                                                        22/10/2016

14th Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, 19 – 23 October 2016

Because Every Moment Counts 

They climbed, drove, flew and balanced. They risked their lives in the mountains of this world, showed intense emotions and even risked failure. The 14th Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival presented truly gripping big screen cinema, including outstanding winning films from around the globe.

Gripping, authentic, up close and real: These are the ingredients characteristic of the films that wowed the Tegernsee audiences and jury. It was almost a shame only to award the usual six prizes. “You delve in and get so close to people and nature,” one viewer sums up the “mountain cinema experience”. Exactly this happens when Italian extreme mountaineer Daniele Nardi successfully fails at wintry Nanga Parbat (Verso l’ignoto, Great Prize of the City of Tegernsee), when the children of mothers and fathers who perished at K2 describe what their parents’ passion and mountaineering death meant to them (K2 – Touching the Sky, Prize by the German Alpine Club for the Best Alpine Film), when a young girl in Nepal cannot cope with the loneliness of life in the big city (Drawing the Tiger, Best Film in the Category Mountain Life), or when the differentiated pros and cos regarding the development of a massive ski resort in British Columbia are under scrutiny (Jumbo Wild, Best Film in the Category Mountain Nature).

Inside the screening venues it also transpired that many of the greatest films did not focus on the attainment of a certain goal, but on the way in which the protagonists handle the ever-unpredictable challenge of the mountain, whether they live up to it and also muster the courage to turn back in time. This adds a further dimension to success, in the same way in which “time” in these films is not equivalent to speed and records. Greti, the likeable inn-keeper of the Büllelejoch Hut, is happy to take two days to climb all summits of the Sexten Sundial together with her son. Obsessing with speed is a waste of time in the mountains, in nature, is the impression one gets. Because every moment counts.

This must be especially true for base jumpers such as Uli Emanuele, who jumps through a ring of fire and hurtles through a ravine. In the movie version, each move is shown in extreme slow motion and from the most diverse perspectives. Otherwise, it would be hard to catch even a glimpse, as the real flight time only amounts to seconds. Somehow, one cannot help but feel that Uli Emanuele was right to fulfil his dreams – even if he had to pay for them with his life. And finally, one can only agree with photographer and extreme climber Heinz Zak when he reveals his plans for the future in his documentary Der demütige Held (The Humble Hero): “Buying the guardian angel the odd beer and spending a lot of time in the mountains.”